Message of the Week

Do Everything For the Glory of God

The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus healed the leper out of compassion.

He will treat us accordingly.

There is much healing and forgiveness in this world.

We must do what we can in our interaction with those around us.

We can imitate Christ by responding as we can.

Will you do this?

Jesus Heals

The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

He constantly healed the bodies and souls of those who asked.

He healed physical ailments and domination of the spirit by demons.

He saw the need for healing and spiritual nourishment in the world around him in His time.

Jesus is still with us and invites us to a closeness with Him and healing of our bodies and souls.

Pray that His spirit comes to us and heals us and those for whom we pray.

He frequently said, “your faith has healed you”.   Will we place our trust in Him?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020721.cfm

The Kingdom of God Is At Hand

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

What has been prophesied has been fulfilled.

The Good News is at hand.

Jesus preached the Gospel of redemption and salvation.

The Kingdom is close for all. Repent and believe.

Are you ready?

 

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012421.cfm

Speak Lord, For Your Servant is Listening

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Prophet Samuel listened.

The disciples also listened to the Lord Jesus.

We begin a new liturgical year with the stories of our origin.

We will hear the teaching of Jesus and see the example of the disciples and can respond as Samuel did.

Are we listening?

Amen I Say to You, Whatever You Did For the Least Of the Brothers of Mine, You Did For Me.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe King of the Universe

The Lord rules the earth yet  He comes to us through the least among us.

He shows us that His kingdom is a reality; not just an idea.

We are offered entrance to the realm through our care of those in need: the hungry, the sick, the naked, the impoverished, the imprisoned, and the unborn.

Such care and outreach is work toward the gift of paradise.

Is your focus aligned with the Lord’s?

Can you recognize His brothers among you?

 

 

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112220.cfm

 

For Everyone Who Has, More Will Be Given and He Will Grow Rich..

The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lord God has created us to do His will in this life and to join Him in eternal life.

We have been given a rich faith and it affords us spiritual wealth.

We are expected to live that faith and to bear fruit by sharing it with others.

Our riches will be beyond imagination if we do this.

If we do nothing, neither we nor our world will be enriched.

Are you up to the task?                                                                    Will you fulfill the mission Jesus asks of you?

 

Therefore, Stay Awake, For You Know Neither the Day Nor the Hour. 

The Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time

Procrastination can be bad in all parts of our lives.

Paying attention to everything except God can be particularly dangerous.

Everyday is a chance to start anew and to prepare for our encounter with God.

He has invited us to the feast but we need to respond to Him.

Do you have a pen and paper, or can you just talk to Him?

 

Rejoice and Be Glad for Your Reward Will be Great in Heaven

The Solemnity of All Saints

Our future depends upon our present attitude and actions.

Jesus’ teachings turn traditional thinking upside down.

We are to choose paths of lowliness, not self-aggrandizement.

Choose paths of mercy, peace, and righteousness.

Rejoice and be glad!

Teacher, Which Commandment is the Greatest?

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

 

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102520.cfm

 

As Christians, We Will Feel Tension Between Church and State

The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We may have to make difficult choices.

Turning to God, seeking His will can help us.

His laws are written on our hearts.

The Holy Spirit is His voice within us.

Can we find the key to settle our inner unrest?

 

 

Readings:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/101820.cfm

 

Many Are Invited But Few Are Chosen

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are invited to be in God’s kingdom.

The invitation requires a response.

Rejection has consequences.

Even when we come into our faith by tradition or family inheritance we are expected to adhere to the guidance of the faith!

How did we come into our faith and how prepared are we for full participation?

 

That Stone the Builders Rejected Has Become the Cornerstone

The Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Vineyard is the life we have been entrusted with.

Jesus came to teach us how to live that life and to save us from the sin that can destroy it.

Many have rejected Jesus’ teaching and his gift of life to them.

The Gospel challenges us to rethink the life we have been given.

What does this mean for you?

 

Go Out and Work in the Vineyard Today

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Vineyard is our life lived in fidelity to the will of God.

It is also attention to our specific mission in life, be it family, work, or worship.

Some say yes, but really don’t live it according to what they are supposed to do.

Yet others, after initial resistance, come around to doing as they should.

Did you go and work in the vineyard today?

 

Thus, The Last Will Be First,
and The First Will Be Last

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s generosity is infinite.

When we open ourselves to him we are always welcome….. no matter when.

He asked us to be diligent in doing his will no matter how long it takes.  Keep working in the vineyard.

Our reward in heaven is based on the goodness toward us, not on our work.

Listen and ask if he is calling you to participate in a new way.

Are you ready?

 

… How Often Should I Forgive? “I Say to You, Not Seven Times But Seventy-Seven Times”

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The message is clear.  God’s mercy is infinite.

As followers of Jesus, our forgiveness of others must also be near infinite.

And our repentance must also be honest.

We do not have a God who treats measure for measure.  He is not transactional.

Our common way of thinking about forgiveness must sometimes change.

Who do we need to forgive?

 

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091320.cfm

 

 

Where Two Or Three Are Gathered In My Name, There I Am In The Midst Of Them

The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer is not a meaningless exercise.

Jesus promises His presence among us and His awareness of our prayers.

He asks us to be a community of believers who bring our decisions about life to Him.

The authority of the community, the church, is significant.

Are we connected to that community?

Are our prayers joined with others and offered up in expectant faith?

 

What Profit Would There Be For One to Gain the Whole World and Forfeit His Life

The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus offered His life for our salvation.

We must similarly live our lives according to God’s will for us.  It will require sacrifice.

It may not always be what we want but it is what we must do.

It will bring peace to us in this world because we know we are doing what is right.

It will bring peace in the next world because of Jesus’ promise.

 

Who Do You Say That I Am ?

The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Peter replied:

You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

For Peter and for us it is only through the Father that we can know this.  It is through faith.

Peter was commissioned to lead Jesus’ mission and to form His Church.  We are now heirs to the mission and the Church.

Think about it: “Who do you say who I am?”

Our leader, now, is our Holy Father, Pope Francis.  He invites us to experience a renewed encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ by praying this prayer:

  “Lord,  I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love,  yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with You.”           

Great is Your Faith, Let it Be Done Unto You As You Wish

The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Much of Jesus’ ministry was the healing of bodies and souls.

He dealt with all He encountered with compassion and mercy.

Even those estranged from Him in some way were included.

The suffering of the entire world throughout history lay at His feet.

His purpose is always to heal, to free, and to save. Are not our needs also before Him?

Ask Him to heal us and to free us.

Do Not Be Afraid

The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Peter had a direct command from Jesus to walk on the water. Yet, Peter doubted.

How many times do we also doubt as we go about our God-given mission in life?

Jesus also strengthens us.
“Take courage it is I; do not be afraid”

Nothing is impossible with God. Our trust in Him is our strength.

Jesus calls us to act in faith.
How is your walk on the water?

Jesus Feeds the Multitude

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus always cared for God’s people by feeding body and soul.

He healed and blessed.

The feeding of the five thousand prefigured the institution of the Eucharist; His continuing care of our bodies and our souls.

Our bodies to be His disciples in action;  our souls to provide strength for our mission.

Do you thank God for your sustenance?

What else do you need? Ask Him.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven…

The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Calls us to an awareness of the reign of God in all things.

It is more important to our lives than anything else.  It is like a pearl of great worth.

Calls us to an awareness of the reign of God in all things.

It is more important to our lives than anything else.  It is like a pearl of great worth.

What are we searching for in our lives?

Is seeking the kingdom foremost in our plans?

 

 

The Kingdom of Heaven…

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

… is not a faraway place.  It is here when man accepts God’s rule over His affairs.

… is apparent when God’s word inspires the right conduct.

… Is apparent when faith in God grows and spreads even from simple beginnings.

… is apparent and grows when the faith is nourished and lived.

Do you have a part in bringing about the kingdom?

Whoever Has Ears Ought to Hear

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus speaks about the parable of the sower and the seed that falls on rocks, thorns, and good soil.

How does God’s word, the seed, affect listeners?

Can they focus long enough to let the word influence their lives and behavior?

Or, are they so distracted that the word is choked or dried up by life’s cares?

The reward of following Jesus is a great harvest in the next life. Are we listening and absorbing?

My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light

The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus’ mission was and is all-powerful.

He came and comes to save the world.

He asks us to learn from Him so that we, too, can engage in His mission.

We will find peace in our lives as we turn them over to Jesus.

Our burden will be light because it will be clear and fitted to our abilities.

Are we ready to shoulder our burden?

 

Whoever Loses His Life For My Sake Will Find It

The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nothing should be in the way of our relationship with Jesus.

Relationships with all others should not interfere with our relationship with him.

And those who help other disciples will be rewarded.

The Father will reward both those who work at building the kingdom and those who help them.

Do you have a role in building the kingdom?

How do you see that role?

No Fear

The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us of our importance to the Father.

He knows everything about us to the smallest detail.

We are encouraged to hold fast to the truth about our God and to fully live out our faith.

Even if we are persecuted for our beliefs and even harmed bodily, we must still stay with the truth.  Our souls will then not be harmed.

There are many challenges to adhering to the truth of our faith.  Are we prepared to hold to that truth?

 

I Have Come Not to Abolish the Law But to Fulfill the Law

The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The commandments are meant to help us survive.

Yet, Jesus sets an additional higher standard based on love.

We must be clear in our commitments to what he taught.

Will we say yes?

 

You Are the Light of the World

The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do not hide your light.

Let your good deeds give glory to your Heavenly Father.

You can be the light and salt that encourages others.

Presentation of the Lord, Year A

This Child is Destined For the Fall and the Rise of Many

The Presentation of the Lord

Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit, recognized Jesus as our Savior.

The Holy Spirit can help us recognize Jesus in our life too.

Will we attend to the Spirit’s promptings?